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So in the recent months Ive used my uncle's Nikon D7000 (I think) to take some photographs on our fishing trip, well in short after going back to a digital cameras I feel very lack luster. Anyways I think it time to get me a DSLR camera. I read the guides stickied on the forum and checked with my local futureshop and I think getting Canon Rebel T3 would be a good start without breaking the bank.
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Are there any tips or facts that I should know before I got ahead and get one without the employees scamming me blind?
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I looked at getting the Canon Rebel T3 myself but instead I got the T2i. The only difference between the two is that the T3 has a movable LCD screen which is only helpful if you do a lot of video shooting. I love my T2i if you have any other questions feel free to ask smile.gif
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Cool, I guess T3 will be a good choice then, what about lenses and such. Is there anything I should know in those categories?
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I looked at getting the Canon Rebel T3 myself but instead I got the T2i. The only difference between the two is that the T3 has a movable LCD screen which is only helpful if you do a lot of video shooting. I love my T2i if you have any other questions feel free to ask smile.gif

Those aren't the only differences. The T2i has a higher res screen, DOF preview button, better AF system, 1080p recording, higher MP count (not that it matters much, and that's all I can think of now.

The T3 is still a good beginners camera, but if you think you will grow out of it pretty soon then the T2i might be worth considering. Even a used one to save some cash.

For a budget beginner's setup the 50mm F1.8 for some good low depth of field and portrait shoots and the 55-250mm for a tele.
    
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Again with lenses it depends on what you want to do with the camera. I found this article very helpful for explaining what the numbers on the lens mean and how they effect the photograph. As a general rule of thumb the lens that comes in the box with the camera is a piece of garbage. I would recommend buying the camera body and the lenses separately, you will probably save money and get a better product.

Note I prefer prime lenses because they have typically have a much greater light gathering area so you can get very sharp images without a tripod. Yes the focal length is locked so you have to zoom with your feet and carry a few more lenses, but I find the quality of the photos to be much better. However, before you jump on the prime lens train be aware that they are not good if you are taking pictures of things that are moving. What I mean by this is you may not always have time to reach into your bag and grab the right lens before the object you are trying to photograph runs/flies/sails away.
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*Inserts mandatory "Oh, you wanna buy a Canon? Use the Canon Loyalty Program listed in my sig below" reply*

Also.. T2i > T3, especially since you can get a refurb with a kit lens for ridiculously cheap money. I'm actually considering picking one up for my wife so she'll leave my 5Dc alone.

AW, damnit, I didn't see the OP was in le Canada. Do you have any US friends/family that could receive the camera for you? CLP is USA only frown.gif
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Originally Posted by MistaBernie View Post

*Inserts mandatory "Oh, you wanna buy a Canon? Use the Canon Loyalty Program listed in my sig below" reply*
Also.. T2i > T3, especially since you can get a refurb with a kit lens for ridiculously cheap money. I'm actually considering picking one up for my wife so she'll leave my 5Dc alone.
AW, damnit, I didn't see the OP was in le Canada. Do you have any US friends/family that could receive the camera for you? CLP is USA only frown.gif
Im actually visiting boston on friday. That was kinda one of the reasons I wanted it. I wasnt exactly sure if it would be better to buy in Canada or in the US, but I guess I should add that in too.
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Originally Posted by drew2794 View Post

Again with lenses it depends on what you want to do with the camera. I found this article very helpful for explaining what the numbers on the lens mean and how they effect the photograph. As a general rule of thumb the lens that comes in the box with the camera is a piece of garbage. I would recommend buying the camera body and the lenses separately, you will probably save money and get a better product.
Note I prefer prime lenses because they have typically have a much greater light gathering area so you can get very sharp images without a tripod. Yes the focal length is locked so you have to zoom with your feet and carry a few more lenses, but I find the quality of the photos to be much better. However, before you jump on the prime lens train be aware that they are not good if you are taking pictures of things that are moving. What I mean by this is you may not always have time to reach into your bag and grab the right lens before the object you are trying to photograph runs/flies/sails away.
So I shouldnt get a lens that doesn't come with the package?
So this is a no buy?
Edited by Onex - 5/14/12 at 7:57am
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Well.. I dont know how they'll honor the warranty if you send it in from Canada to be replaced. Do you know where you'll be staying in Boston on Friday? (Small world, I'm about 15 minutes from there right now).

You could (perhaps) order from B&H, pay for 3 day ground UPS shipping (before like 2pm on Thursday) and have it at your location on Friday...
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Well.. I dont know how they'll honor the warranty if you send it in from Canada to be replaced. Do you know where you'll be staying in Boston on Friday? (Small world, I'm about 15 minutes from there right now).
You could (perhaps) order from B&H, pay for 3 day ground UPS shipping (before like 2pm on Thursday) and have it at your location on Friday...
ehh double tree hotel, no im not loaded my aunts paying for the rooms. biggrin.gif
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I dont think B&H will ship to a hotel. It's either them or CLP that won't do it. I forget which.

Either way.. if you're trying to have a camera for Friday, I'd order today. I'm trying to think , there's a decent Canadian retailer that I read about somewhat frequently on POTN.. Henrys maybe?
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